The first link, Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT), is an introduction to an NREPP model that targets the cognitive and emotional aspects of relapse.  The other links address specific populations that have growing treatment needs: namely, returning military service members and older adults.  Despite being two of the fastest growing substance abuse treatment need populations, there are only a handful of EBPs that target these groups at this time.

Relapse Prevention Therapy: Relapse following drug treatment is quite common.  Patients that relapse often wrestle with extreme feelings of shame, doubt, and confusion. “Relapse Prevention Therapy is a behavioral self-control program that teaches individuals how to anticipate and cope with the potential for relapse” (NREPP).  In addition, RPT serves to normalize relapse as part of the overall recovery process, thus reducing the negative feelings and behaviors that result from a setback.

Military Service Members: On January 14, 2010, Dr. Susan Storti presented to the NCPIC.  Her presentation, entitled “Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Interventions for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans”, is especially applicable today as large numbers of service men and women return from the Middle East and transition from active duty status to civilian status.  This presentation is available on the NCPIC website.  (Taking the Fight to the Enemy).

Older Adults: Recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use Health suggest what professionals in the field of addiction have anticipated for many years: that as the baby boom generation ages, there will be a dramatic and ever-increasing need for SA treatment among adults aged 55 and older. In a SAMHSA news release dated 1/8/10, the authors suggest that “these increases may require the doubling of substance abuse treatment services needed for this population by 2020”.  For further information click here.